Little about Cochi
Cochi is the largest city in the southwest state Kerala and is also known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’. Before being taken over by the Portuguese in 1503, it was an important spice trading centre of India till 14th century. It was also the first European colony of Colonial India. Until 1530, it was the main territory of Portuguese, then in 1530 Goa was chosen as the territory.
Today, Cochin is one of the major tourist attractions in India. It is also home to Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy and the state headquarters of Indian Coast Gaurd. The High Court of Kerala and Lakshadweep is in Cochin itself.
Cochi carnival is the most awaited festival of this city, preparations for it begin months in advance. Its inception can be traced back to the Portuguese New Year revelry, held in Cochi during the colonial days. Gradually, it evolved to take the form of what is popularly called the Cochin Carnival of Kerala. It’s a 10 day festival which begins in late December and ends on New Year’s eve.
The Kochi fort is decked up on this day and everyone, including the tourist love to take part in the revelries. Preparations for games, fairs and parties begin several months in advance. Everyone, including adults and kids are dressed in fancy clothes. The highlight of this carnival is the procession which takes place on New Year’s day. This year also the celebrations will begin in the last week of December and go on till 1st January.